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Child Timeshare Requirements in Texas


Among the many things that you’ll have to sort out during your divorce, child timeshare would be one of them. Child timeshare, as the name might imply, is basically the amount of time a child will get to spend with each parent. In a way, you can think of it as sorting out visitation rights for your child. Now if you’re from Texas and find yourself in a situation where you might have to sort this out, but have no idea how it happens, read on to learn more.

How It Goes in Texas

In Texas, your visitation rights with your child are sorted out with the help of what is called a “standard possession order”. This order basically gives both parents and equal chance to get to see their child. To get one, you just need to get the appropriate paperwork for it. Then the court helps you both sort out who gets to see the child during which weekends as well as during which holidays. It helps lay out the times at which the non-custodial parent gets to see their child. For example, a typical order would give the non-custodial parent the first, third, and fifth weekends of the month to see their child.

What Does This Mean for Me?

Whether you are the custodial parent or the non-custodial parent, what this standard order does is help the child get enough time with their parents. If you have no problems with the order, then it really won’t be that difficult to sort out when your child gets to spend time with you. It only gets more complicated if you end up contesting the so-called schedule you both have with your child. If you, for example, have your own schedule that you would propose, the court would have to take a look at it first and then decide whether it’s worth approving or not. If there’s also an issue such as violence in the family, the court will also take that into consideration. These orders can also be subject to change if there comes a point in time where the schedule might be a little unreasonable for either parent.

Working out your timeshare schedule with your child only requires that you have to appropriate paperwork sorted out and an agreement worked out with your spouse as to when one gets visitation rights. A lawyer may also be needed if you need to iron out a few more details or if your spouse is giving you a rather difficult time sorting out a schedule. Other than that, working the timeshare out isn’t really that difficult.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas.

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